I love Ms. Master’s writing style and jumped at the chance to review this start of a new series. OMG. I loved it. This is the perfect book for a history buff and travel geek. No, this book is not a historical and it’s just the characters talking about history. Well, for a couple of characters it wasn’t so much history as it was their lives as they are ghosts. This is a nice paranormal twist that was done perfectly. The Bardstown area of Kentucky is a fantastic place to visit. It’s has several bourbon distilleries nearby and lots of interesting places to see. This story gave you a glimpse of this charming area. (As I side note: This area is highly Catholic as is mentioned in the story. That is because many of the founders were from southern Maryland which is the birth place of the Catholic Church in the British colonies. That is where I live.) Back to the book…..The characters are fantastic. All of them from major to minor. They are flawed but they so well done that you will be sure you know them. This was a story that I couldn’t put down. The romance was sweet. There was humor mixed in. A mystery was throughout and the answer wasn’t what was expected. This is an all-around awesome story. And, for those readers of other series of Ms. Master’s, no there is not BDSM in this story.
Tillie inherited the house she lives in from a very good friend. She’s turned it into a B&B. She’s also taken the recipes that the owner used and wrote a cookbook. In that book, Tillie eludes to ghosts. This was Greg’s grandmother’s house and he doesn’t want some stranger making people believe the house is haunted. He plans on staying there and revealing the truth. Neither expected to feel attraction towards the other. So, is there really ghosts or is it a fraud?
Tillie Hamilton is the latest person to use her 180-year-old house in rural Kentucky as a hideout—taking her cue from the infamous outlaw Jesse James who frequented the place. The house she converted into a bed and breakfast is the only sanctuary she’s ever known, ever since the old woman she inherited it from rescued her from neglect as a small child.
However, sparks fly when her benefactor’s handsome grandson, Greg Buchanan, accuses Tillie of exploiting his grandmother’s memory for her own ends by claiming Gram haunts the inn.
Greg vows to debunk the charlatan’s claims but quickly discovers the charming Tillie is not at all what he expected. Embarrassed to admit he’s another of the conspiracy theorists she scoffs at, he hides his other reason for showing up at her B&B. But while reading his grandmother’s private journals, he learned Jesse James returned to this house in the 1930s, half a century after historians believed he’d been shot dead.
And yet his attraction to Tillie keeps him torn between setting history right and forging a new history of his own in Tillie’s arms. Tensions mount, leaving his grandmother’s spirit to think her dying wish—something she’s wanted since Tillie and Greg were children—may never come true.
Can Gram and Jesse make the two lonely overachievers see they belong in each other’s arms before time runs out for them in this lifetime?